What if…? Easter never happened
What if Christ had not risen from the dead? What if Easter never happened? 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 give us a glimpse of how empty life would be without the resurrection. If Christ is not risen, then we have an empty message. Preachers have nothing to say; there is no such thing as a gospel (good news) and religion is, at its best, ineffective. If Christ is not risen, then your faith is vain: Christianity is without footing. Doctrine doesn’t matter; convictions are fruitless; it’s a waste. If Christ is not risen, then we are false witnesses. We are liars – just like our Master. If Christ is not risen, then we are without forgiveness: sin’s guilty weight and stiff penalty still lays heavy on each of us. If Christ is not risen, then this is all there is. Death is the end, and those already dead are gone forever. If Christ is not risen, then Christ’s followers are the most miserable of all: because we have suffered and endured for nothing.
“But now is Christ risen from the dead…” (v20).
BUT since He’s risen, there is a gospel that is mighty powerful (Rom. 1:16). Since He is risen, Christianity is the only religion with a true foundation: Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11). There is enough proof / evidence that would win a modern-day court case! Since He is risen, those who deny the resurrection are liars (Rom. 3:4). Since He is risen, trusting God really works: faith is real (Heb. 11:1). Since He is risen, we can be forgiven and set free from sin (Ps. 103:12). Since He is risen, death is not the end: Christ is the first of all of God’s people who will be resurrected in the last days (1 Thess. 4:14). Since He is risen, we know that all things work together for good: all that we wait for is real and worth waiting for (2 Cor. 4:17).
Are you living a full life or are you living like Jesus never rose? The empty tomb is the receipt of a full life that has already been paid for – live in it! “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (v58)